Andrews council sets parameters for reserve police force at meet

The Andrews Town Council established parameters for its reserve police force at its Monday, April 22, meeting.

Discussing the parameters with Town Marshal Curt VanOver, council authorized VanOver to grow the force to five people and accept applicants from up to 10 miles outside of Andrews.

VanOver estimated that $750-$1,000 would be an adequate clothing budget for each officer and President John Harshbarger authorized a total of $750 per officer.

Lastly, VanOver shared with council that he believed six months would be the amount of time it would take him to train an officer before allowing them to be on their own.

VanOver also stated to council that he would be making a new schedule for May to accommodate a health issue that will lead to his temporary absence.

Council reminded citizens that the town's spring clean-up day is May 3. Citizens will be able to place items out by the road for curbside pickup.

Council stated, though, that electronics, refrigerators, washers and dryers, oil, tires, batteries, paint or any other hazardous materials would not be accepted.

Also, large amounts of construction and building materials, concrete and dirt will not be allowed. Citizens are encouraged to contact Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson at 786-3848 with any questions.

In other business:

- Council discussed passing a nuisance ordinance pertaining to animals and examined Markle's ordinance on the topic with citizen Lorie Powell. Council said that Andrews could adopt an animal nuisance ordinance of its own at the next meeting.

- Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock told council it would likely cost $6,000-$8,000 to purchase a new water-cooled mower for the town. Councilman Ray Tackett said a decision on purchasing a new mower could come next meeting.

- Council voted to accept quotes from Micro-Tech on an indoor surveillance system for the town hall and three computers for the police department.